Identoba – Interview with Levan Berianidze

Identoba is one of Georgia’s premier multi-issue LGBT & general human rights NGOs committed to social change, community organization, education, and policy reform. Founded in 2010, Identoba seeks to end discrimination and systemic oppression of Georgia’s marginalized communities, particularly LGBT persons, women, disabled, disadvantaged youth, and Roma communities. Identoba envisions a common good that acknowledges the intrinsic diversity of Georgian civil society, promoting the active integration of the marginalized into public life. Their work focuses in particular on reasearch, public reform, media, community organising, public action and education.

For our usual appointment with Members’ Monday, we interviewed Levan to discover more about the activities Identoba is currently working on.

 

1) What is your name and your role inside Identoba?

My name is Levan Berianidze and I am an Education and Healthcare program manager at the organisation.

 

2) What is a very exciting project your organisation is currently working with?

I am involved in educational projects for our community members and allies. We conduct student researches on LGBTQ issues, organise educational trainings and workshops, public lectures and various social events for community building and solidarity. We also provide free medical consultations and tests on HIV and Syphilis.

 

3) What is a priority in your organisation’s agenda?

Our main agenda is to build a community of solidarity and change the laws and legal and social environment to ensure higher inclusion and safety for LGBTQ people.

 

4) Why did your organisation want to become a member of IGLYO?

Our motivation to become part of IGLYO was to participate in international educational and advocacy activities and empower our staff members and gain support from international activist community.

 

5)Which is the most useful advice you would like to give to an LGBTQI young person at present time?

Our advice to a young LGBTQI person would be to embrace their identity and get involved in activism. Through this they would be able to find a supporting group of people, new friends and empower themselves.

 

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